I don't buy boxed cereal. For breakfast I prefer to give my children something like porridge, eggs, pancakes, eggy bread, beans on toast, a bacon sandwich, potato cakes made out of leftover mash, or this granola. I like to know they've got some real food inside them. The idea of making your own breakfast cereal may seem a step too far for some, but really, you should consider making granola. It's easy peasy and will make you feel very clever.
This recipe is really a formula. Most of the ingredients are interchangeable. This makes a large quantity and you will need a big baking tray with a rim, or you could use a roasting tin. I like to use cup measures for this recipe. My cup holds just over 200 ml of liquid so find something that holds about the same amount. A mug filled three-quarters full will do it.
4 cups of porridge oats- you could also use barley flakes.
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 cup seeds - I use a mixture of pumpkin, sunflower and sesame.
1 cup of chopped nuts - If you can't eat nuts simply increase the coconut and seeds by an extra half cup each.
½ cup (100ml) of oil or melted butter- not olive oil as the flavour is too strong. Something like sunflower or groundnut.
½ cup (100ml) soft brown sugar, honey or maple syrup
Pinch of salt (optional, but I think it improves it)
Pinch of cinnamon, mixed spice or spices of your choice
2 cups of dried fruit. I'm using apricots and cranberries here.
Mix all the dry ingredients except the dried fruit together in your biggest bowl.
Pour in the sweet ingredient and oil.
Mix very well.
Spread it out on a baking tray (or trays) and bake at 150°C/130-140°C fan oven/Gas 2/ for 1 hour stirring gently at 20 minute intervals.
Leave to cool undisturbed on the tray, then pour into a bowl, breaking up any big chunks as you go.
Mix in the dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container.
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